A Small Key to a Big Life Paperback – 29 Feb 2008
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Bill Knight hovers on the brink of despair. Trapped in a job he hates, Bill is consumed by his youthful desire to travel the world and taste the freedom he craves. When his longing drives him to take a reckless gamble, events quickly spiral out of control. Bill's life is certainly transformed, but is it in the way he imagined?
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For Bill Knight (no relation, honest), the hero of Gillard's book, his momentous decision hurls him into an overdue journey of angst-ridden self-evaluation, self-doubt and eventual self-realisation, emerging after twists and turns and umpteen recoveries, reborn into a new world, utterly different from the safe, middle-class, bourgeois routine of thwarted ambition that had become his norm.
It's a real page-turner from the instant he falls prey to self-pity and greed, 'appropriating' his bosses' illicit petty-cash and taking it to a nearby casino in an attempt to win some more. The amoral self-delusory inner arguments that Bill then uses in an attempt to exonerate himself from this totally uncharacteristic act lead him into a series of spontaneous half-thought-through decisions. These lead him into a sometimes desperate, sometimes unexpectedly rewarding parallel world, as he is forced to balance his dutifully uncompromising love for his family with the realisation that he has, to put it mildly, committed a virtual social suicide.Read more ›